We have all seen pop culture references to little people from books that later lead to featured movies, such as Gulliver’s Travels or The Lord of the Rings. Most will write this off as figments of fantasy or sci-fi writer’s imaginations. But, what if I told you there is evidence that civilizations of very small humans– many smaller than modern dwarfs and midgets– did indeed exist all over the planet in our ancient past?


little villageThe most recent example took place during an excavation of an ancient city in modern-day Shahdad, Iran.

Before the early 40’s, the belief was no civilization lived in that part of Iran. Iran Daily  explained how this belief changed after the discovery of ancient pottery in the area. They found a civilization that spread some 60 kilometers in the heart of the Lut Desert. The article describes at least one of the residential districts in this way: “A significant aspect about Shahdad is the strange architecture of the houses, alleys and equipment discovered. The walls, ceiling, furnaces, shelves and all the equipment could only be used by dwarfs,” This lead the local media to refer to the 5000 year old city  as Shahr-e Kotouleha (City of Dwarfs).

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As with any earth shattering scientific find, which this find would fall into this classification, there are always those from mainstream archeology to come out and dispute the claims. This is no exception.

Head archeologist for the dig, Mirabedin Kaboli, had this to say:

The 38-year archaeological excavations in Shahdad city deny any dwarf city in the region. The remained houses which their walls are 80 centimetres high were originally 190 centimetres. Some of the remained walls are 5 centimetres high, therefore should we claim that the people who live in these houses were 5 centimetres tall?”

This official narrative seems like another attempt by mainstream archeology to cover up the true history. There are pictures from the site that show examples of what Iran Daily described as “strange architecture of the houses”, which included very tiny doors on small domiciles.








Then there is the most controversial evidence that came from the area, which occurred by happenstance and a bit of luck. Smugglers tried to leave the country with the remains of a 5000 year old, naturally mummified 16-17 year old person (according to the Circle of Ancient Iran Studies), but were ultimately caught. That in and of itself, does not make it controversial. What does, however, is that the mummy was only 25 cm in length.

th3H29RNR9This is the most recent evidence of ancient civilizations of little people. However, there are many locations on the planet with visual evidence or ancient stories of little people.

They are everywhere…


Pedro Mountains, Wyoming:

Sometime in 1932, in the Pedro Mountains of Wyoming, two men named Cecil Main and Frank Carr, were digging for gold, when they made a much bigger discovery. They found a very small mummy that does not exactly look human– or at least like modern homo-sapiens. The mummy would become simply known as The Pedro Mountain Mummy.


This mummy is the only one that I have been able to find from that region, so it is not exactly the best evidence of a big civilization of little people.

However, that does not mean it was the only one found there. There were many ancient Indian tales about little people, from multiple tribes in the Montana and Wyoming areas. But, the evidence for a civilization or at least a group or community of them, are just anecdotal stories passed down from generation to generation. Although, anecdotal or not, the simple fact that so many different tribes are saying the same thing leads credence to the claim.

But, again, there is more evidence than just anecdotes. There have been multiple other tiny mummies found in the area– mostly in caves.

So why can’t we find proof of these mummies then?

I will let archeologist Lawrence L. Loendorf explain in his book Mountain Spirit: The Sheep Eater Indians of Yellowstone:

“The burials, of course, are always sent to a local university or to the Smithsonian for analysis, only to have both the specimens and research results disappear.”

For those that read my first article on Forbidden Archeology, you will remember that the same thing happened with the discoveries of many of the giant mummies found all over the US. Once the Smithsonian or local universities got their hands on them, they were never seen from again.

Incidentally, the Shoshone Indians of Wyoming have oral traditions of encounters with very small beings they called the Nimerigar. They say the little people attacked them with tiny bows and poisoned arrows. However, it should be noted that most oral traditions about little people from across the world say they were a peaceful and loving people who helped others and were spiritually evolved. So, this may have just been a particular violent species amongst what were normally peaceful ones.

This area of the US is not the only place in the country that has had finds like these.

Coffee County, Tennessee:

From an article in the Anthropological Institute, Journal, 6:100, 1876. (The passage is found in the book Ancient Man: A Handbook of Puzzling Artifacts)

“An ancient graveyard of vast proportions has been found in Coffee County. It is similar to those found in White county and other places in middle Tennessee, but is vastly more extensive, and shows that the race of pygmies who once inhabited this country were very numerous. The same peculiarities of position Observed in the White county graves are found in these. The writer of the letter says: “Some considerable excitement and curiosity took place a few days since, near Hillsboro, Coffee county, on James Brown’s farm. A man was ploughing in a field which had been cultivated many years, and ploughed up a man’s skull and other bones. After making further examination they found that there were about six acres in the graveyard. They were buried in a sitting or standing position. The bones show that they were a dwarf tribe of people, about three feet high. It is estimated that there were about 75,000 to 100,000 buried there. This shows that this country was inhabited hundreds of years ago.”

Coshocton, Ohio: This was another site that housed the remains of an ancient civilization of pygmies. In all, the number of graves were in the thousands. However, it is a small find in comparison to the Coffee County find.

Mammoth Caves, KY: This cave is famous for finding multiple mummies over the decades. Only one mummy was a little person, but all are equally exciting.

Other Evidence

In Hawaii, there is an oral tradition about a mythical race of little people rumored to live on the island before colonization. They are called the Menehune. There has been no grave sites of them, but there is some pretty good evidence (at least in my opinion), that they did indeed exist. It is an irrigation ditch called Menehune ditch.

The irrigation ditch doesn’t prove the Menehune existed. However, if you follow the ditch, you will run into a giant rock structure. The ditch does not stop there… There is a very small 2-3 foot tunnel that goes directly into the rock!


The people of ancient Kauai did not have the tools to cut into hard rock like this. Conversely, even if they did, they would not have even been able to fit in the tiny tunnel while cutting it out.

So if not the Menehune, who could have cut the tunnel?

More recently, the Island of Flores, Indonesia, entered into the conversation regarding little people. This occurred after the discovery of several small skeletons on the Islands. What made this case unique was that the skeletons were acknowledged, not suppressed. This lead scientist to declare they found a new species of early human– Homo-floresiensis. They, of course, say they died off many thousands of years ago (13,000).

Nevertheless, there is evidence that this is not the case.

One of the better and well researched books on little humans: The Lost History of the Little People: Their Spiritually Advanced Civilizations around the World;  by Susan B. Martinez Ph.D, compiles ample evidence to refute these claims. She does a great job showing the evidence that civilizations of little people existed in our ancient past (discussing many of the ones I am discussing in this article and many more) and many that still may exist today.

Her opening few chapters of the book are, in my opinion, the most important. They discuss the Tsunami that occurred in 2004. I know you are probably thinking exactly what I was thinking when I first read it: What in the world does this have to do with ancient little people of our past?

Well, some of the smaller islands of Southeast Asia are the most remote and isolated places on the planet. These islands were home to many tribes of Negritos (black-skinned little people) that had been on some of these islands for an estimated 60,000 years. She goes on to explain that it is known that Negritos lived on the Island of Flores. She concludes that what they are calling Homo-floresiensis, is really just one of the many species of little people from around the world that she calls Homo sapiens pygmaeus.

The question then is: Why are they hiding their existence from the world?

Well, Mrs. Martinez doesn’t waste much time in addressing this question. It is because it does not fit the Evolution Model! A model that claims all primitive Homo-sapiens died off around 28,000 years ago. Yet, they admit these little people with a mixture of primitive and advanced traits lived at least up until 13,000 years ago. The admitted timeframe is not the only thing that is in opposition from the evolutionary model. The fact that it has both primitive and advanced traits are troublesome for the model. Lastly, although they were small, they were also very well portioned, like modern homo-sapiens just smaller. This left one of the scientist on the team to declare: “This find shows us just how much we need to learn about human evolution.”

To me, it is undeniably clear that these stories about little people are not myths or fables that later became transposed into modern culture. They were real; and in some cases, the species may still be alive.

My only question is: Did the likes of  J.R.R. Tolkien and Jonathon Swift have knowledge of these little people when they wrote their iconic books?

My gut and intuition tell me they were very aware of them…